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In this tutorial we will help you add a start menu running simultaneously with the Unity interface under a system running Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot or Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin. To do this, we need to use the AWN (Avant Window Navigator) dock and GnoMenu applet. As you know, GnoMenu is a customizable Gnome menu that can be used with many dock applications (Gnome-Panel, Avant-Window-Navigator, Cairo-Dock, etc.). The result will be like this:



1. Gnomenu Installation


Install firstly GnoMenu with these commands:

 cd /tmp && wget -O gnomenu_2.9.1.deb http://goo.gl/rJ9X6


sudo dpkg -i gnomenu_2.9.1.deb


wget -O gnomenu.files.tar.gz http://goo.gl/zZr9l


sudo tar -xzvf gnomenu.files.tar.gz -C /usr/lib/gnomenu/


2. Add Gnomenu To AWN (Avant Window Navigator)


Install AWN (Avant Window Navigator) with this command:

sudo apt-get install avant-window-navigator

Then use the Unity Dash to start it:


The dock will be displayed at the bottom of the screen, right-click it and select Dock Preferences:


In the window that appears, select the "Applets" tab, then search for the "Gnomenu" applet and drag it to the "active applets" area at the first place:


The Gnomenu icon will show up in the dock. In the same Preferences window, move on to the "Preferences" tab and adjust the position of the dock on the screen, you can move it either to the left or right according to your needs. You can also check on "Start Awn automatically" to make it start at system startup:


You can now use Gnomenu as a start menu along with the Unity interface:


To customize Gnomenu, right click its icon and select "Preferences":


Enjoy!

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